Farkhad Sharipov meets Fabio Mello in a new addition to the Bellator 58 card. | Photo: Keith Mills

Two new bouts have been added to the Internet-broadcast preliminary card for Bellator Fighting Championships 58, this Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Promotion sources Monday confirmed to Sherdog.com that Kyrgyzstani wrestling convert Farkhad Sharipov will take on Brazilian import Fabio Mello at bantamweight, while American Top Team submission artist Ailton Barbosa will face Valdir Araujo at welterweight. Both fights will be part of the Spike.com live undercard stream.

The MTV2- and Epix-televised portion of Bellator 58 is set to be headlined by lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, who defends his belt against fourth-season tournament winner Michael Chandler in a scheduled five-round affair. In addition, company middleweight ace Hector Lombard will face veteran Trevor Prangley in a non-title, 195-pound catchweight affair, and recent featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro will meet countryman Rafael Dias.

Fighting out of Gracie Barra Orlando, 27-year-old Sharipov has compiled a 13-4 mark during his four-year MMA career, 10 of those wins coming by way of unanimous decision. He holds a 1-1 record in the Bellator cage, having most recently dropped a split decision to flyweight standout Jessie Riggleman in September.

Mello, 36, holds an 8-6 record and has been stopped only once in his 10-year career, a 2004 loss to Pride Fighting Championships lightweight ace Takanori Gomi. The American Top Team representative in January returned from a year-plus hiatus to take a split decision over another Pride veteran, Charles Bennett.

The winner of Bellator’s June open tryouts in Florida, Barbosa made his promotional debut at Bellator 50 in September, finishing Ryan Keenan via rear-naked choke in less than two minutes. The 35-year-old currently rides a six-fight win streak and has finished eight of his 10 career victories via submission.

A native of Bahia, Brazil, Araujo now trains with MMA Masters in Miami. He drops to welterweight following an unsuccessful middleweight debut with Bellator which saw Araujo thumped by two-time tournament participant Brett Cooper.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator 145: Pitbull vs. Straus 3 Prelims Live Stream, Friday at 6:45 pm ET

  • 24 days ago

Check out the Bellator 145: Pitbull vs. Straus 3 preliminary bouts Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET / 3:45 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com. read news >>

Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef Prelims Live Stream, Friday at 7 pm ET

  • 10 days ago

Check out the Bellator 146: Kato vs. Manhoef preliminary bouts Friday at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com. read news >>

Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez added to Bellator 149

  • 5 days ago

Bellator 149 is continuing to come together. A featherweight bout between Daniel Pineda and Emmanuel Sanchez has been added to the card, which features a star-studded double main event.Filed under: B read news >>

Little Things Mean a Lot in Daniel Straus’ Journey Back to Bellator Belt

  • 27 days ago

Daniel Straus hasn't hide time to revamp his game since he last fought Patricio Pitbull, but he didn't need to. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 77 pre-fight facts: Gleison Tibau – most UFC bouts in history?

  • 27 days ago

The UFC is gearing up for its fifth and final trip of the year to Brazil with UFC Fight Night 77 slated for Saturday. Check out 80 pre-fight facts about the event.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator's Goiti Yamauchi thinks 'Pitbull' overlooking him, even ahead of Straus fight

  • 28 days ago

When Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire recently told MMAjunkie the promotion needed to track down some new competition worthy of challenging him, one fighter in particular took notice.F read news >>

Video: Part 2 of 'Road To Bellator 145: With A Vengeance,' featuring 'Pitbull,' Straus

  • 28 days ago

Did you miss Part 2 of “Road To Bellator 145: With A Vengeance,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the second episode inside.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Bellator Champ Will Brooks on Patricky Freire: 'Dude Is Garbage'

  • 28 days ago

Will Brooks isn't looking past Marcin Held. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have a few words for Patricky Freire. Brooks, who defends his Bellator lightweight title against Held this Friday at Bella read news >>

Bellator's Marcos Galvao confident he'll get trilogy rematch with Joe Warren – eventually

  • 28 days ago

Marcos Galvao is looking for a fight. He had one, and he lost it. He thought he had a new one – and it would’ve been a doozy. But he lost that, too.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bobby Lashley Questions Champion’s Bellator Hiatus

  • 28 days ago

Bobby Lashley is looking forward to avenging his loss to James Thompson, but he's also questioning why Bellator's heavyweight champion disappeared. read news >>